I am interested in some sonic ideas. One idea is to take something small or ordinary and make it sound much larger than it is. Kind of like the principle George Lucas used when he glued together hundreds of model kits to make his original "Death Star". Another is to pursue textures and surfaces, and I am especially interested in pieces where textures and surfaces continue to shift.
"Trash Everest" involves these ideas and more. A single bag of trash was used to create ever-shifting layers of sound. Paper and aluminum were the two main ingredients-- castaway objects any one of us could obtain at any time.
Think of some of our most incredible technological advances and I can also point you to some tremendous heaps of trash-- where there is a workable system there were dozens that preceeded it which no longer function. Sometimes I wonder if we aren't making of this planet a giant Mount Everest of trash.
Thanks to Sandy Spreitz for the cover art ( www.sandystudio.com ).
July 13, 2010 Subject:
An American Lullaby
This music here may seem like a gimmick, a post-modern art piece that you're supposed to click on once, say 'Huh' and then walk away.
I've found it to be more than that. First, it's excellent working or studying music, focuses the mind with an odd power. Second, it's actually a great way to help you fall asleep, if you play it quietly with headphones. The ever-shifting layers of garbage--and murkier events deeper in the sound--are quite mesmerizing, almost soothing.